The Business Travel Magazine August-September 2019

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The 2019

TECH HOTLIST summer sizzlers

 One to watch: iGo marketplace consolidates taxi and private hire vehicles to address the difficulty that UK travel buyers face in booking the ground transport elements of a business trip. The market is extremely fragmented and it’s iGo's tech that is helping to solve this.

MAGNIFICENT MEETINGS MEASURES Asemblr: This online event technology

platform is trying to disrupt the meetings sector by making it easier and more intuitive to book events. With this tool you can manage conferences, trip incentives and team building events all in one place. They also offer inspiration, advice and contacts on their platform. It is backed by Travelport and has recently been adopted by Cresta Business Travel. It was shortlisted for the BTA’s Entrepreneurs in Business Awards in 2018.

Wizme: This is a smart venue reservations tool for travel buyers and business travellers. It connects venues and suppliers to those that need meeting and event space and their specific business needs. Wizme version 2.0 has recently been released for venues to better manager details, bookings and event proposals.


TRAILBLAZING ON RAIL TRAVEL Seatfrog: This mobile app allows passengers to muscle in on a train seat in first class. By bidding for an upgrade standard class passengers can often get cheap access to empty first class seats – for as little as £10, in fact. Users can do this via an online auction up to 15 minutes before departure, with seats released three hours before the train is to leave. So far Seatfrog has partnered with the likes of Virgin Trains and LNER, as well as Capita Travel and Events. It has also won a host of trade and supplier awards for its innovative work to date. Railguard: Few passengers claim for

train delays or cancellations but with poor punctuality at a record high it’s a growing issue. This app allows employers to claim compensation for staff delays which can amount to 3% of travel costs. The traveller inputs their past or future ticket details while Railguard monitors trains in real time via national railway data feeds. It will submit eligible claims, recoup the money and pay users their claim minus a 20% fee. It won the BTA’s Entrepreneurs in Business Travel Awards 2018 and was also a finalist at the Disrupt Awards in 2019.


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